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Producers Of ABC's 'The Bachelor' And 'The Bachelorette' Being Sued For Racial Discrimination

Kevin Blair Kevin Blair
4/17/2012 8:33pm EDT

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Producers of ABC's hit shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are being taken to court for racial discrimination.

Two African-American men are set to file a class-action lawsuit against the network, the producers of the two shows, and executive producer/creator Mike Fleiss, reports TMZ.com

The two men, Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks, claim that when they went to a hotel in Nashville, Tenn. to audition to the show they were excluded from the show's "normal audition process" and were never called back.

The two shows, which have run for a combined 23 seasons, have never featured an African-American in either of the title roles.

E! Online reports that Entertainment Weekly interviewed Fleiss last year and inquired about the show's racial inequality.

"We really tried [for a racially diverse cast], but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism... We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it's just that for whatever reason, they don't come forward. I wish they would," he explained.

The two men plan to file the suit on Wednesday, followed by a press conference.

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